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Child Development Service (CDS)

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The Child Development Service is a multidisciplinary team that supports children and young people aged 0-18 who have additional needs.

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to providing high quality care and support to enable every child to reach their full potential. We seek to work in strong partnership with children, their parents/ carers and other agencies to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our core values
How do I get support?

In order to access the Child Development Service you will need to be referred by a health, social care or educational professional that supports you or your child. This is often your GP, School Nurse, Health Visitor or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

How to give us feedback

We value feedback on the services we provide and use this to improve the way we do things. Your feedback is anonymous unless you choose to give us your contact details. You can either print the questionnaire below or follow this link to an identical online survey.

pdf icon questionnaire [233kb]

If you would like more information about the Child Development Service (CDS) please follow the links below.
  • Clinical Psychology

    • Clinical Psychologists work with children with complex neurodevelopmental difficulties, and their families.  Clinical Psychologists also work alongside other professionals, offering highly specialist assessment and support.
    • Clinical Psychologists are part of the multi-disciplinary assessment team which look to understand a child's strengths and needs in development.  This may sometimes lead to a diagnosis.
    • Clinical Psychologists work with parents and/or their children where there are concerns about aspects of a child's behaviour or emotional development.  This includes concerns such as mood or anxiety disorders; complex sleep or feeding difficulties; challenging behaviour.
  • Speech and Language Therapy

    • The Speech and Language Therapy team offers support to children who have delayed speech development, difficulty's using speech sounds and difficulty's using language for social interaction. We can also offer help with feeding difficulties, cleft plate and hearing difficulties.
    • pdf icon CDS Speech and Language Therapy [200kb]
  • Social Workers

    • Social workers with the Child Development Service work with children from age 0 to 18 years and their families.  We will get to know you and find out more about any problems you are trying to overcome. If your child has a Social Worker they will usually be the Lead Professional for your child. This means they will be responsible for making sure the action plan for your child is followed and kept under regular review. If required, Social Work involvement will continue until your child is 18, and support will be provided to help them transition to Adult Disability Services.
    • pdf icon CDS Social Worker Information [206kb]
  • Child Development Liaison Nurse

    • The Child Development Liaison Nurse works with pre-school children who have been referred due to concerns about their development.
    • The Liaison Nurse can help by firstly visiting the child and the parent/ carer at their home. Then if necessary explaining what assessment will take place and why. Following the assessments of the child's needs, individual appointments are co-ordinated. Some assessments are via a group (called Busy Bees). Once this has been completed we can provided support to understand the outcome of the assessment. We can also provide advice about what parents and carers can do to support the child's development.
    • pdf icon CDS Nurse Information [204kb]
  • Special Needs School Nurse

    • The role of the School Nurse is to support with meeting the health needs of children attending Le Rondin and Le Murier.
    • The role includes, conducting health assessments and providing advice on a range of health related issues. We also provide educational sessions to students, parents or professionals.
    • pdf icon School Nurse Information [223kb]
  • Paediatricians

    • A Paediatrician is a doctor who has specialist training and experience in the health and developmental needs of children. The Paediatrician working as part of the CDS team will assess a child's health and any problems which impact on their development. They will discuss with the young person or parent/carer what further assessments might be required; any referrals to other sources of support, any diagnosis that have been made and what this means for them. They will often arrange to see child again to review their progress.


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